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Northwest Indiana GIS Forum
Meeting Notes
Thursday, August 28, 2003
Meeting Location: Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Members in Attendance: Martin Brown, Gary Sanitary District; Rick Chapman, US Steel; Ken Dahlmeyer, NIRPC; Cornelius Davis, NIRPC; Roy Evans, Purdue Calumet; Joe Gomeztagle, IBRC; Ryan Holmes, US Attorney’s Office; Betty Kiechle, Lake County Surveyor’s Office; Tim Lacy, Plexis Group; Becky McKinley, Hammond Sanitary District; Kevin Miller, IDEM; Kathryn Mohlke, DLZ, Indiana, LLC; Cele Morris, IUN/NWI Center for Data and Analysis; George Olmsted, NWI Center for Data & Analysis; Lauren Rhein, NIRPC; Dan Rieden, Lake County Parks Dept.; Jill Saligoe-Simmel, INGISI; Robert Strimbu, City of Gary Environmental Affairs Dept.; Tim Sutherland, IUN/NWI Center for Data and Analysis; Joyce West, Sidwell Company; Phil Worrall, Innovative Mapping.

Local Implementation

NIRPC continues work on their Connections 2030 Transportation plan. Public meetings have been recently conducted around the region. Work on modeling GIS to display characteristics of demographics is underway. Some maps for environmental justice analysis zones can be accessed from NIRPC’s website. Municipal project proposals are being formatted for GIS presentation. Employment data from Workforce Development is being mapped out. Additional GIS work continues with a street classification project.

Plexis Group is a consulting firm out of Indianapolis serving county and municipal governments. Locally, they have worked with Newton County. Additional information can be found at the following website.

The US Attorney’s Office uses GIS mainly for crime analysis. They have recently acquired a mobile training unit that includes an ArcGIS 8.3 lab. They are using the mobile unit for presentations and training for local police departments.

Innovative Mapping, an Indianapolis based consulting firm, is working with the Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council (C-TASC), created by the Governor of Indiana in response to the 9/11 attacks, to develop a plan to incorporate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology into the State Emergency Management Agency’s (SEMA) comprehensive plan. See below for information related to a presentation given today regarding this project.

IUN is considering the possibility of offering activities for GIS Day on November 19, 2003. The Data Center is involved with a University initiative for economic development related to the University Park area of Glen Park. The GIS project includes mapping demographics that describe University Park. Investigation is underway to include the maps on web pages. The Data Center has received formal notification of extension for the NWI GIS Forum’s EPA grant. This summer Indiana University has formed a new group for University GIS professionals/users. Attendees included faculty and researchers from IU Bloomington, IUPUI and IUN.

Lake County Parks Department has recently received new ArcGIS 8.3 software and they are ready for training. They are looking into using GIS for natural resource management – specifically for prescribed burns used to manage ecosystems.

Little activity has occurred this summer related to the Economic Development subcommittee of our group. It is hoped that we can provide some insight into GIS and regional economic development. Roy Evans of Purdue Calumet suggested collecting data on construction/residential building permits for a GIS related to economic development.

Lake County (working through the Surveyor’s Office with DLZ and Sidwell) is presently in the first year of a five-year contract for development of a countywide GIS. Section corner data is complete. Field checking for the 911 street centerline file is 95% complete. The parcel layer development is in early stages. There are ~250,000 parcels to be converted. The parcel deliverable will be in geodatabase format. Migration from a personal to a multi user geodatabase is envisioned. New personal parcel numbers based on the state mandate are being assigned. A cross-reference guide between old and new parcel numbers will be included. FEMA is working with the county to re-delineate flood plains. Local municipalities are encouraged to speak with FEMA if any work is currently being completed related to changing of slopes. Flood plain delineation will be shown on the counties current orthophotography.

Hammond has created twelve sets of maps for a water atlas. The Economic Development Dept. has requested maps for a major hardware store chain that is interested in the area. The maps will include demographics as well as other descriptive data.

PlanGraphics has completed the needs assessment for the City of Gary. The GIS Committee is expected to review the implementation plan with an enterprise GIS rollout within the next twelve months.

Training & Workshops
The IUN GIS lab is presently undergoing upgrade for the new semester. New training software needs to be installed prior to any ArcGIS 8.3 training sessions this fall. IDEM has agreed to fund two ESRI certified, ArcView GIS 8.3 training sessions this fall scheduled for: Session 1 - Thurs/Fri - Nov. 6 and 7; Session 2 - Thurs/Fri - Nov. 20 and 21. Both will be held at IUN in Gary, 8am-4pm. Contact Becky: 219-853-6413 x 516, McKinleyB@hmdin.com or Cele: (219) 981-5612, cmorris@iun.edu. The ESRI Visioning Workshop is temporarily on hold until a subcommittee can be formed to discuss what kind of expectations need to be met. ESRI won’t schedule until the group has some specific goals in mind. Those volunteering for the subcommittee to structure the visioning session are: Kathy Molke, Martin Brown, Joe Gomeztagle, Betty Kiechle and Becky McKinley.

Meeting notes will be posted to the NWI GIS Forum website as quickly as possible after we meet. The Resources link was recently updated and broken links were removed. It was suggested that a calendar be included in the website.

EPA Grant Status
Formal notice from the U.S. EPA Region 5 was received granting an additional year to continue our metadata compiling activities. If you are compiling data in Northwest Indiana and have not participated in our program, please contact Cele, cmorris@iun.edu. Eighteen metadata files have been published on the Indiana Clearinghouse housed at IUPUI. These files can be viewed by visiting the site, choosing the Browse tab, and selecting NW Indiana GIS Forum.

Other Business
The economic development subcommittee will meet in the month between our regular Forum Meetings. Goals and objectives will be discussed. Next meeting: Thursday, September 25, 2003, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Purdue Calumet – CLO Building, Room 154. The next regular meeting of the NWI GIS Forum will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2003 at Indiana University Northwest – Library – 2nd Floor (Across from GIS Lab).

Indiana GIS Initiative (INGISI)/Indiana GIS Council
Jill Saligoe - Simmel, President og INGISI
This is a statewide effort to coordinate local GIS at a statewide level. The group is responsible for legislative lobbying, putting together guidelines for data creation, education and other GIS information. More information can be found on the group’s website. The Indiana profile for metadata has been refined to allow easier submission of metadata files to the Indiana Map Data Clearinghouse. The revision now requires input of specific information related to keyword searches. The Clearinghouse interface is comparable to that found at ESRI’s Geography Network. The new format is a single portal allowing free searches for maps and data available on line for Indiana. Applications such as IGS’s Lake Rim GIS are also included in the Clearinghouse. Browse through the catalog at the website. The INGISI website also sponsors the Map of Indiana where you can create your own map by selecting several different available layers. Two grants have been awarded to the State of Indiana to further the cause of Homeland Security. More information about these grants can be found at the following websites: 1st grant & 2nd grant. Some of the grant funds will be used to purchase regional servers for Homeland Security related data. Other funds will be going towards other Homeland Security specific projects. Important links are currently being made between GIS and Emergency Management personnel in Indiana. Jill leads the Crisis and Response Mapping Center, part of Indiana’s homeland security dept., C-TASC (Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council). Information regarding the duties of the Crisis and Response Mapping Center. The State of Indiana GIS Emergency Management Implementation Plan as well as “Appendix C – GIS Technology Research Report” of the C-TASC GIS Emergency Management Implementation Plan can be accessed from the Crisis and Response Mapping Center “Tools” link. The State of Indiana Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan can be accessed at the site.